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Congregation Bene Naharayim
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In 1983 the A. A. Society, Inc. purchased a place of worship for the Iraqi Jewish community. The community stressed that Jewish learning, education and religious observance are the pillars required to support a renaissance of a Babylonian Jewish culture in the United States. As a result, a synagogue was purchased in Queens, and a religious organization was established in 1984 under the name of Congregation Bene Naharayim. The synagogue was enlarged and inaugurated in 1986. Since then, the congregation has been active all year long. The services are being conducted according to the Babylonian Jewish "minhag" (practice).

The 2016-2018 members of the Board of Trustees of Congregation Bene Naharayim are listed below:

PresidentShlomo Yadoo
1st Vice PresidentDr. Menachem Darwish
2nd Vice PresidentDr. Cynthia Bessel
TreasurerShaoul Khutaina
SecretarySabah Pishanidar
TrusteesClaude Sikavi,  Ezra Sehayik,   Nora Iny,  Eva Koweity,  Abe Navy; Moshe Zlicha,  Jack Shakarchy,  Orna Sheena, Kelly Tawfik,  Emily Zadka
Religious AdviserAaron Abrahams
Honarary PresidentDavid Shohet
Honarary Vice PresidentJosephine Akerib
Honarary TrusteesBenjamin Yehuda; Margaret Yadoo

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